BlackBerry is rolling out a new Android smartphone in form of the high-end DTEK60. This is the company's second Android handset, and it follows the steps of the DTEK50 but with much improved specs and features.
One similarity with the DTEK50 is that the latest BlackBerry is crafted by TCL, which left BlackBerry in charge of tuning the security features of the device to corporate level.
The most prominent safety feature when comparing the DTEK50 and DTEK60 is the latter's fingerprint sensor, which not only unlocks the phone but also allows users to tap into Android Pay.
It should be noted that the DTEK60 strikes a bit of semblance with Alcatel's Idol 4S.
The latest BlackBerry is a tad larger than the DTEK50, with a 5.5-inch QHD screen. In comparison with the DTEK50, which sported utilitarian finishes, the latest Android BlackBerry rocks a dual-glass panel design paired with a metal frame.
Processing power in the device comes via a Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 CPU. No official information about the storage exists, but it is likely that the phone packs at least 16 GB of space, and it also has microSD support, leading it the chance for an upgrade. The camera is also notable, as it features a 21-megapixel sensor. Juice keeps flowing through the device thanks to a 3,000 mAh battery, which plays nice with Quick Charge 3.0.
Feature wise, DTEK60 uses USB Type-C, and it has a customizable side button.
The second Android phone from BlackBerry packs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but the OEM promises that the Nougat will come to the DTEK60 in the near future. What is more, BlackBerry touts that the phone is the safest Android phone out there, thanks to its secure bootloader, Hardware Root of Trust, DTEK app and frequent security patch updates.
Those more productivity inclined should know that the suite of productivity apps from other BlackBerry phones will be included in the DTEK60's kit.
The DTEK60 is part of a larger strategy deployed by BlackBerry, which is switching from a full hardware manufacturer to a company that licenses its brand to third-party phone builders.
BlackBerry notes that its involvement in choosing the technical specs and design features will probably decrease in upcoming devices licensed to other manufacturers, but DTEK60 was one device where the company had the first and final word.
BlackBerry's aim is to see the DTEK60 into the hands of large corporate organizations and governments agencies. Rumors were right, and starting Oct. 25, the unlocked version of DTEK60 can be purchased directly from BlackBerry's website for $499.